Skip to main content

Reply to this post | See parent post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 6, 2013 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

What do you mean, "source folder in iTunes where your music is stored"? It's just, um, in there. Or it was. Actually, scratch that. I just checked and my music isn't there anymore. (I had a problem with the laptop and took it to a shop and, oh, never mind. Long story.) So actually it's in a folder on my desktop. Well, several folders.

But copy, like, how? It's a different machine so I can't just copy and paste. Do I get a big enough flash drive or something? (Yet more proof that I'm totally clueless. I actually do often figure things out. But this seems not to be one of those times. Or maybe I'm just more anxious about doing it wrong ...)

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 6, 2013 8:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

I don't always practice what I preach, but having some kind of backup plan is really essential - especially in your circumstance, given the way these machines crap out unexpectedly. You'll need some way to migrate your photos, movies, music, work documents and Word files. As Mando notes, external storage is pretty cheap nowadays... but if you have a flash drive you can copy it over in pieces.

The default path on a windows machine looks like this in Windows 7: C: > My Music > iTunes > iTunes Music

If your iTunes is still functional on the old machine, you can also export the playlists you may have carefully put together: (from Apple)

Save a copy of your playlists
You can export a playlist and import it to a different computer so that you can have the same playlist in both places. You can also export a playlist to save a copy of it.

Exported playlists contain a list of the items in the playlist; the actual songs or videos aren’t included.

You can save all the information about the songs in a playlist or your library as a plain text file so that you can import it into a database or use it in another application. You can also copy just one song’s information into another application.


Here are ways to save copies of playlists or use playlists on another computer:
To save a copy of a single playlist or use it in iTunes on another computer, select the playlist (below Playlists), choose File > Library > Export Playlist, and choose XML from the Format pop-up menu.

To import an iTunes playlist, choose File > Library > Import Playlist. The imported playlist includes only songs and videos already in your iTunes library. Unavailable items are removed from the list.

To save a copy of all your playlists, choose File > Library > Export Library. The exported information is saved in XML format.


Hope that helps rather than confuses.....

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 8, 2013 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

"Playlist"? What, like a lineup of single songs? That's way too 21st Century Attention Span Generation for me ... my iTunes is all albums or shows loaded as albums! And I never ever do shuffle. Such heresy.

Of course if there's a way to load shows as playlists I wouldn't have a clue :-)

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 9, 2013 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

Shuffle? Heaven forfend!

Sometimes after downloading or ripping, the tracks are in the wrong order... or you may want to keep the show intact but only play certain tracks when hosting a party... or need only uptempo tracks for your workout ... Lots of uses for a playlist.

Hope it goes well.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 6, 2013 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

Copy them to a thumb drive or a portable external hard drive. I picked up a 1 Terabyte portable external for $85. It was as easy as plugging in, copying files, unplugging, plugging in to new machine and copying the files into the new folder.

I'm at work now, but if you're not in a rush I'll check my iTunes when I get home and give you the exact file path sequence down to the folder in iTunes where music is stored by default. I think it's iTunes Media or something like that. I'll let you know for sure later.

In the meantime, if you "Copy" the files and don't "Cut" them, they'll still be in their original location.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 6, 2013 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

Ah. Yes, that makes sense. But since I've never actually done that whole process, I'm somehow convinced it wouldn't work or I'd mess it up or a gremlin would jump out of the works and do something awful like eat all the China Cats. (There's a reason I didn't grow up to be a tech person.)

I'll try to get up my courage, say some words to ward off the gremlin, and try it ...

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 6, 2013 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

Chiming in late, but recall discussing this before, and that's probably when you ended up w a folder on your desktop!

;)

Anyhoo, it is VERY simple to find your iTunes library because in any windows based machine it is always in the folder labeled "music" when you look for ANY computer generated folders..."find" or just poke around and you'll find them. YOu know the drill; start right clicking things...sounds like MJ will provide the actual steps, but it isn't difficult.

And, no, you can't delete it unless you try to...

Finally, having located it, you MUST have a cheapo ext HD of 500 gb or 1 tb, that plugs in like a flash drive, and start backing up stuff...seriously.

That's my DO IT NOW advice.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 8, 2013 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dumb Tech Question Time

Well, it turns out I'd ordered my husband to back it all up on some terabyte thing, which he obediently did, but which he has with him in the US right now (I'm back but he isn't), so .... I guess I'll be able to do it, but will have to wait.

My GD shows are actually NOT in the folder labeled "music." In fact, pretty much nothing in my iTunes library is. Or at least it doesn't show up at that way; if it is, it's pretty hidden. I guess my music library is nonconformist. Or just weird.